The Accountant's Garden

Scheduled non-accounting weeks: April 10-14, 2017 June 12-16, 2017 July 24-28, 2017

Friday, August 30, 2002

It never fails...after spending hours, toiling over the right combination of compost and designer dirt, and meticulously assembling a very extensive drip irrigation system...the cat has decided that all this effort was for his benefit. Here he is taking a nap in the new planter box, even though I had strewn bird netting over the planter to keep cats like Mr. Slinky out.

Little does he know that he's sitting right on top of one of the drips! I'm sure that turning the water on now will dissuade these kind of catnaps :) ...

I can't believe this stuff survives!

Here's where we started...plain old Castro Valley hard clay. And we actually ended up producing a pretty impressive crop for such poor growing conditions. The picture below is from this summer, before I started my landscape renovations to the garden.

We had a good variety of produce from the garden, despite the rocky and hard soil. We planted radishes, carrots, green onions, lettuce, arugula, spinach, green beans, peppers, squash, zucchini, toamtoes (three varieties), strawberries, and cucumbers. We had plenty of radishes, although they're not in the picture - they're an early harvest. We ended up with several carrots, although the soil caused some strange growth formation (some carrots had three or more prongs). We didn't take pictures of those carrots.

At present, we are still drowning in tomatoes, nurturing a few more cucumbers, and really tired of manuvering around our overgrown squash plants. We also have an herb garden that we are in the process of getting established in the containers near the house.

So, I have to say that the most tiring part of keeping a productive garden is the time it takes to water by hand. And the most disappointing aspect is when you lose a plant based on poor soil conditions.Hence, the beginnings of my late summer build two large planter boxes and to install a drip irrigation system.

Here are the results of a trip to the lumberyard, the hardware store, and a whole lot of dirt. We built the planter boxes out of 2x12 redwood planks - each one being 4' x 6' in area.